Animal science enables you to really understand how animals function and how humans interact with them for food production, companionship, leisure and conservation.
Animal science encompasses the scientific disciplines underpinning the management of farm, companion and captive animals, including; physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, growth, lactation, reproduction, health, behaviour and welfare.
Humans have used animals for food, companionship and leisure for thousands of years, but our interactions with them are ever changing. Animal scientists have vital roles to play in ensuring future food security and the health and wellbeing of all domestic and captive animals.
Our flexible degrees ensure you have a sound grounding in the biosciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, physiology and the nutritional sciences, while enabling you to apply this knowledge to areas of interest, such as: livestock production, canine, feline and equine science, small animal management, zoo animal management and conservation.
University-owned farms, including the renowned Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR) with its dairy herd of 550 cows and other species, provide excellent facilities for practical research projects. Connections with zoos, equine centres, vet clinics and small animal facilities locally provide further opportunities for field visits and practical work.
Our courses in animal science are excellent preparation for any animal-based career, whether working in industry, research, education or the veterinary sector. You could work in animal nutrition, advisory services, consultancy in the agricultural and or companion animal industries or the charitable sector.
The University of Reading has strong links with the British Society of Animal Science and the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, and we have our own student-led Animal Science Society, which organises social, educational and networking events during the year.